We are often unaware of how well or poorly we hear on an everyday basis. If you want to know how good your hearing is, simply take this self-assessment.
Ten questions to assess your hearing:
- Do the people around you seem to mumble and not speak clearly?
- Has anyone ever told you that they often have to repeat things for you?
- Do you find it hard to understand when someone talks to you from behind or from the side?
- Do you find it an effort if someone talks quietly or whispers?
- Do you have trouble hearing high-pitched tones (music, birds chirping, children’s voices)?
- Do you find it difficult to follow conversations in loud environments, for example, in restaurants?
- Are you going out less because you find it hard to follow other people’s conversations?
- Has anyone ever asked you to turn down the volume of your television or radio?
- Do you have difficulties hearing someone at the other end of the telephone?
- Do you have trouble recognising the direction from which a car, for example, is approaching?
If you have answered “YES” three or more times, don’t delay any longer, the earlier you do something the easier it is to manage.
Still not convinced? You can also take the test below.